West Ham face Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night and it will be a chance for Manuel Pellegrini to rotate.

After picking up four points in the last two Premier League games, spirits are high.

But West Ham will hope to negotiate Wednesday night’s EFL Cup game without suffering any more injuries.

Most first-team players will probably be rested for Saturday’s clash with Manchester United at The London Stadium.

This, in turn, opens the door for some young West Ham players to be given first-team opportunities.

Some of West Ham’s most promising youngsters, such as Marcus Browne, Sead Haksabanovic and Josh Cullen, are currently out on loan.

Furthermore, Xande Silva and Nathan Holland are out injured for this game and they would have hoped for involvement.

But here are three other young Hammers hoping for a chance to shine against the visiting League Two side.

Reece Oxford

ROMFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Reece Oxford of West Ham United in action during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Dagenham, England. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Oxford was once regarded as the next big thing. After making his debut against Arsenal aged 16, there were high hopes for the 6ft 3in defender.

 

But the England youth international has since struggled to get much game time at West Ham. Loan spells at Borussia Monchengladbach and Reading have followed with mixed success.

However, the 19-year-old is still very young and could play as a centre-back or as a holding midfielder.

Joe Powell

ROMFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Joe Powell of West Ham United in action with Tariq Lamptey of Chelsea during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Dagenham, England. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Powell is quickly establishing himself as another fine young West Ham player.

The 19-year-old winger is quick and causes problems for full-backs at youth level but can he replicate that for the senior team.

Pellegrini might be tempted to reward Powell with a first-team chance. The midfield man has scored two goals in five games for the under-23 side this season.

Grady Diangana

ROMFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Grady Diangana of West Ham United in action during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Dagenham, England. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Diangana is a very talented young midfielder but he needs the chance to step up.

There are concerns that the 20-year-old might be too lightweight for senior football and there is only one way to learn and improve.

Diangana possesses the natural skill to excel at senior level and he might be handed a chance to shine off the bench on Wednesday.

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